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Pretty Baby ()


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A teenage girl lives as a prostitute in New Orleans in 1917.

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Violet
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Bellocq
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Hattie
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Nell
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Professor
Matthew Anton ...
Red Top
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Frieda
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Josephine
Seret Scott ...
Flora
Cheryl Markowitz ...
Gussie
Susan Manskey ...
Fanny
Laura Zimmerman ...
Agnes
Miz Mary ...
Odette
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Highpockets
Mae Mercer ...
Mama Mosebery
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Alfred Fuller
Pat Pierre Perkins ...
Ola Mae (as Pat Perkins)
Von Eric Thomas ...
Nonny
Sasha Holliday ...
Justine
Lisa Shames ...
Antonia
Henry Braden ...
Harry
Patrick M. Burke ...
Fanny's Customer
C.C. Courtney ...
Naval Officer
Joe Catalanotto ...
Hattie's Customer
Philip H. Sizeler ...
Senator
Don Lutenbacher ...
Violet's First Customer
Hobe May ...
Farmer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stocker Fontelieu ...
Brothel Patron (uncredited)
Bill Holliday ...
Gussie's Client (uncredited)

Directed by

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Louis Malle

Written by

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Polly Platt ... (story)
 
Polly Platt ... (screenplay)
 
Louis Malle ... (story)

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Louis Malle ... producer
Polly Platt ... associate producer

Cinematography by

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Sven Nykvist

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Suzanne Fenn

Editorial Department

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Suzanne Baron ... supervising editor
Ruth Blakeslee ... assistant editor
Mateel Hoppe ... assistant editor
Alice Miller ... assistant editor

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Gary Chason
Juliet Taylor

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Trevor Williams

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James L. Berkey ... (as Jim Berkey)

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Dave Grayson ... makeup artist
Charlene Johnson ... hair stylist
Charlene Roberson ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Tony Wade ... unit production manager
Lindsley Parsons Jr. ... executive production manager: Paramount (uncredited)

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Donald Heitzer ... assistant director (as Don Heitzer)
Toby Lovallo ... second assistant director
John M. Poer ... assistant director

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Mark Wade ... property master
Richard Speed ... carpenter's apprentice (uncredited)

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Donald F. Johnson ... sound mixer (as Don Johnson)
Dick Vorisek ... sound re-recordist
Skip Godwin ... sound engineer (uncredited)

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Maureen Lambray ... special photography
Michael McGowan ... camera operator (as Mike McGowan)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Mina Mittelman ... costume supervisor

Music Department

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Raymond Burke ... musician: clarinet
Louis Cottrell ... musician: clarinet
Bob Greene ... musician: piano solo
Ferdinand 'Jelly Roll' Morton ... composer: additional music
Kid Thomas ... musician: trumpet
Jerry Wexler ... music adaptor / music supervisor

Transportation Department

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Greg Van Dyke ... transportation coordinator (uncredited)

Other crew

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Alan Greedy ... script supervisor
Al Rose ... researcher
Karen Moore ... assistant to director (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

In 1917, in the red light district Storyville, New Orleans, the prostitute Hattie lives with her twelve year-old daughter Violet in the fancy brothel of Madame Nell, where she works. Photographer Ernest J. Bellocq has an attraction to Hallie and Violet and he is an habitué of the whorehouse. One day, Madame Nell auctions Violet's virginity and the winner pays the fortune of US$ 400 to spend the night with the girl. Then Hattie marries a wealthy client and moves to Saint Louis, leaving Violet in the brothel alone. Violet decides to marry Bellocq and she moves to his house. Until the day that Hattie, who has overcome her past, comes to Bellocq's house with the intention to take Violet with her. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines In 1917, in the red-light district of New Orleans, they called her "Pretty Baby" See more »
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Also Known As
  • La petite (France)
  • La pequeña (Spain)
  • Slatka mala (Serbia)
  • Хубавицата (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Menina Bonita (Portugal)
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  • 110 min
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Trivia The screenplay was based on the first-hand recollections of the operations of New Orleans' "Red Light" prostitution district published in the book "Storyville, New Orleans: Being an Authentic, Illustrated Account of the Notorious Red Light District" by Al Rose. The book contains many of photos of New Orleans prostitutes taken by E.J. Bellocq, the character played by Keith Carradine in the movie. See more »
Goofs In one scene, Violet holds a plastic doll as opposed to a composite one. Plastic dolls weren't available until the late 1940s. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Chop Suey (2001). See more »
Soundtracks Tiger Rag See more »
Crazy Credits The closing credits include a card that states, "With our gratitude for the priceless music of FERDINAND "JELLY ROLL" MORTON." See more »
Quotes Bellocq: Her father unknown, and her mother deserted the child.
Violet: My mother's name was Hildegarde. Hildegarde Marr. M-A-R-R.
Priest: And she was Caucasian, or other?
Violet: She was a whore, Father.
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